At the Water Fountain

My container of choice for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is a large ceramic pot that’s been converted into a water fountain.

Water fountain

Water fountain

The splashing sound of the water drowns out traffic sounds and turns a small urban backyard into a park-like setting. The water fountain has become a meeting spot of sorts – for the birds.

Here’s the first sparrow landing, checking things out:

One sparrow

One sparrow

Another one lands on the rim, dipping deeply into the cooling water:

splashing up a storm

splashing up a storm

And then the party begins

And you thought only your office colleagues enjoyed gathering around the water fountain?!

the pigeon has landed

the pigeon has landed

About Beauty Along the Road

My name is Annette. I am passionate about nature, health, simplicity, self-reliance, truth, and life-long learning. Originally from Germany, I now live in Virginia, USA. I am a therapist, health coach, writer, photographer, and organic gardener.
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18 Responses to At the Water Fountain

  1. Tish Farrell says:

    This is lovely, Annette. Such a ‘refreshing’ take on the container theme, and so active. You can sense the birds’ pleasure at having such a convenient fountain.

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  2. I adore that cobalt blue in a garden setting. Great photos, as usual.

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  3. Ha ha! We’ve both gone along the same lines whilst thinking outside the box this week! Watching the birds is such fun🙂 The sparrows in Greece were great to watch and photograph, real characters. A water feature or garden pond is so important for the birds in the hot summer weather!

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    • A bird-crazy week for both of us – I looked at your post! As I am sitting here by my computer, I hear the hummingbirds outside humming to the feeder. But everything I lift my camera to capture them, they are off. There’s one with a brilliant red throat that needs to be eternalized…patience…:-)

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      • Have you got a remote for your camera? If so you could link it to laptop via hdmi and set the camera on a tripod, with something to cover and camouflage it, then the birds wouldn’t even see you🙂 I wish we had hummingbirds here! I’ve never seen one in real life. It’s such a joy to have wildlife and nature all around us😀

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        • You are way more technically inclined than I am! Sorry you don’t have these little jewels – they sound like big insects when they come around because their wings are flapping so rapidly. They also make a really sweet chit/chit sound. Every once in a while they actually sit still somewhere and then you hold your breath because you know they’ll be off in a second. Hyperactive little birds!

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          • I need you to film them for me now😉 What a joy! I have to say that most of my wildlife photograph is handheld sneaky style without the extra tech! I usually try to find something I can partially hide behind (tree, rocks, shrubs, car) and then you just have to be really still and quiet until the wildlife doesn’t feel that you’re anything to worry about! Some people have camouflage blankets or cotton sheets that they crouch under to hide. Patience and perseverance!!

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  4. A lovely morning at the water cooler!🙂

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  5. jazzytower says:

    Oh my! I wish I was there to witness this!

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  6. Your photos are so lovely, Annette. What a great idea. Those birds obviously think so too.🙂

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  7. Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog for a little while today. I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as good as when I arrived. I’ll be back!

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